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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 12, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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How arrogant and shameful am I?

The Son of God who did not cling to equality with Him, humbled Himself and took on our humanity as a servant to save us from eternal death. And in His great love for us, suffered, died by our hands and was buried. Through His Resurrection, He elevated us to be co heirs to share in His divinity. This is our God!

Yet still I will not yield and obey His Will for me and to subject myself to His authority. He who creates and is the source of all life. Even the damned recognise Him as the Holy one of God and are subject to His commands. Still I think I know better, what is best for me and so using my free will I choose my very own way. Instead of acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with the Lord my God.

Lord Jesus I am truly sorry for the many times I disobeyed Your Will for me. I submit myself to Your Holy Will and docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit may I bring You glory in all that I say and do. Amen

First reading
Hebrews 2:5-12
The one who sanctifies and the ones who are sanctified are of the same stock

God did not appoint angels to be rulers of the world to come, and that world is what we are talking about. Somewhere there is a passage that shows us this. It runs: What is man that you should spare a thought for him, the son of man that you should care for him? For a short while you made him lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and splendour. You have put him in command of everything. Well then, if he has put him in command of everything, he has left nothing which is not under his command. At present, it is true, we are not able to see that everything has been put under his command, but we do see in Jesus one who was for a short while made lower than the angels and is now crowned with glory and splendour because he submitted to death; by God’s grace he had to experience death for all mankind.
    As it was his purpose to bring a great many of his sons into glory, it was appropriate that God, for whom everything exists and through whom everything exists, should make perfect, through suffering, the leader who would take them to their salvation. For the one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock; that is why he openly calls them brothers in the text: I shall announce your name to my brothers, praise you in full assembly.

Mark 1:21-28
Unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority

Jesus and his disciples went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.
    In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit and it shouted, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what it all meant. ‘Here is a teaching that is new’ they said ‘and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’ And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.